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POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO

"We compare Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro against the Leadtek GeForce 6600, Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT and Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900. We used a wide range of games software including:- Tribes Vengeance, Unreal Tournament 2004 and Xpand Rally."

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO SPECIFICATIONS

ATI Radeon 9700 Pro is the most advanced graphics board in its category, featuring ATI's Radeon 9700 Pro Visual Processing Unit (VPU), supporting AGP design specifications. Through a combination of incredible 3D rendering performance, sophisticated real-time visual effects, industry-leading image quality, processing speed, and cutting-edge video features, it takes the PC entertainment experience to a new level.

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON64 3000
VIDEO CARD POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT
LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900
ATI DRIVER ATI CATALYST v6.6
NVIDIA DRIVER NVIDIA FORCEWARE v91.31
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA 2
MEMORY 2 x 512MB OCZ GOLD XTC PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0c

TRIBES

LOW QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO130
LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600108
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT118
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900102

MEDIUM QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO65
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660052
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT52
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590047

HIGH QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO35
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660028
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT27
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590025

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

COMMENT "Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro puts in a solid performance beating Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT by between 10% to 20%."

UT 2004

LOW QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO120
LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600120
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT111
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900117

MEDIUM QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO115
LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600109
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT97
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900105

HIGH QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO91
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660083
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT68
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590081

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

COMMENT "Unreal Tournament 2004 is one of the older games we still use for benchmarking and Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro outperforms the Leadtek GeForce 6600 by between 6% to 9% for a close result."

XPAND RALLY

LOW QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO72
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660074
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT69
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590068

MEDIUM QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO44
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660030
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT37
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590023

HIGH QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO29
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660018
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT24
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590014

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

COMMENT "The Leadtek GeForce 6600 starts off strongly beating Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro by 3% when using low quality settings. However the good Leadtek GeForce 6600 result shown with the low quality test just falls away leaving Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro to beat Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT by between 16% to 18%."

FINAL RESULT

SYNTHETIC PERFORMANCE

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO23404
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660021521 (-9%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT20512 (-13%)
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590018703 (-21%)

GAME PERFORMANCE

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO2500
LEADTEK GEFORCE 66002086 (-17%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT2076 (-18%)
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 59001767 (-30%)

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

FINAL COMMENT "Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro is the oldest of the four video cards tested but it's performance is still very good. Although Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro lacks SM3.0 which limited it's performance with 3dmark 2006 it's SM2.0 performance is excellent which helped it deliver such great game performance. There was even a few times when Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro actually delivered playable performance even using high quality settings which we designed for expensive video cards which is impressive!"
COMMENT "When using synthetic benchmarks Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro is 9% faster than the Leadtek GeForce 6600, 13% faster than Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT and 21% faster than Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900. When using games benchmarks Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro is 17% faster than the Leadtek GeForce 6600, 18% faster than Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT and 30% faster than Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900. It appears that Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT is more than a match for the Leadtek GeForce 6600 when using games software. Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 delivered poor game performance."

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO

PAGE 1 POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO
PAGE 2 EARTH 2160, FAR CRY, GT LEGENDS AND QUAKE 4
PAGE 3 SCRAPLAND, SERIOUS SAM II AMD TRACKMANIA SUNRISE
PAGE 4 TRIBES, UNREAL TOURNMENT 2004 AND XPAND RALLY

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